5 Misconceptions About Classical Music
There are common misconceptions about nearly everything in our lives, and classical music is no exception. In fact, when it comes to misconceptions, classical music is actually at the top of the list. Perhaps it is because it has been around for so long and has survived the test of time.
1. The Mozart Effect
The most common misconception related to classical music is the idea that if you listen to it as a baby, even in the womb, you will be more intelligent. This is not true, or at least it has yet to be scientifically proven. It is a common misconception that started from a study in the 1990s that did not even involve children! Read more about it in our post about the Mozart Effect.
2. Mozart’s Death
While we’re discussing Mozart, we should debunk the myth about his death. Mozart was buried in an unmarked grave, which led many to believe that his death went unnoticed, and that he died poor and unknown. That is not true! In fact, it is well known that many mourned his death at his home and he was even mentioned in an obituary in the Vienna newspaper at the time (Weiner Zeitung). The Prague Orchestra arranged a memorial in his name and 5000 people attended. While he was alive, Mozart was not poor and lived in comfort..
3. Classical Music is for the Old Generation
It is a common belief that only old people listen to and appreciate classical music. This is actually a very dangerous misconception, as it keeps many from the young generation away from this beautiful and rewarding genre! When it comes to music, or any form of art for that matter, all genres are for all ages. Just like a 70 year old grandfather can appreciate metal music, so can a teenager enjoy the beauty of Vivaldi. In fact, all of the musicians at Classical Oasis are young students who not only love to listen to and play classical music, but they introduce it to others their age every day to help debunk this terrible myth.
4. Classical Music is for the Rich
If you have never listened to classical music before, you may have this misconception. The reason behind it is simply the image of an impressive orchestra on stage, and an audience of well-dressed men and women with suits and pearl necklaces. Perhaps, a few centuries ago, viewing a live classical music performance or opera was only reserved for the wealthiest in society, but those days are long gone. Not only are these performances accessible to anyone, you no longer need to see them live in order to enjoy them (in fact, a live performance is a breathtaking experience!). You can view videos on YouTube and buy albums to enjoy the music at home.
5. All Classical Music is the Same
This is a misconception that is easily debunked when you start listening to music by different composers. Not all classical music sounds the same, it comes in many different forms and you need to find out for yourself which composers or pieces you love. Not all classical music is relaxing! Some is uplifting, some sound tragic, and some can even sound like a movie score for an epic battle scene. Give it a chance, listen to different composers, different sub-genres, to learn what you love. If you want to start out with baby steps, try listening to classical crossover music, like this rendition of Hozier’s “Take Me to Church”.